The Barrie Amateur Radio Club – VE3GCB

Welcome to the website of the Barrie Amateur Radio Club, call sign VE3GCB.

Our club meets monthly to exchange ideas, meet new friends and share exciting experiences.  We’d like to invite you to take a look through our website and attend our monthly club meetings.  You do not need to be a member to attend our club meetings.

Next Club Meeting

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 starting at 7 PM in the cafeteria of Eastview Secondary School. Our usual meeting dates are on the second Tuesday of each month.

Our guest speaker will be Grant Taylor VE3XTV (ZL1WTT), who will be covering the topics of Amateur Television and ATV repeaters, Amateur Radio in New Zealand, and microwave radio transmission.

Location: Our monthly club meetings are held at Eastview Secondary School, 421 Grove St. E.  Click here for map. Eastview is located east of Duckworth St.  beside Eastview Arena. Enter the school via the side entrance to the right of the main front doors.

All are welcome to attend the meeting, you do not need to be a club member.

Come out and enjoy the fun of ham radio – bring a friend.

Field Day 2017

This year the club held Field Day at St. Vincent Park (located on Blake St. off the end of St. Vincent St.). Everyone who took part had a good time, and the food offered was excellent for such a low price.

Club Repeater

The club’s repeater is VE3RAG on 147.000 + and requires a 156.7 Hz tone for access. This repeater has IRLP (node #2039) and Echolink (node #731301). This repeater is located on a high point in Barrie, and provides excellent coverage within the city and extends into many communities surrounding the City of Barrie.


Weekly Net

The Monday Night Net happens weekly on the VE3RAG repeater at 7:30pm.  All hams within the repeater coverage area are welcome to join in.


Basic Amateur Radio Course

The ham radio course will start on Wednesday evening, 24 January 2018 at 7pm in classroom 130 at Eastview Secondary School. The course is approximately 11 evenings long with each class from 7pm until about 9:30pm. The final exam will be held on 2 May.  Total cost (including final exam by an Industry Canada accredited examiner) is $90. A Basic Amateur Radio Qualification course is offered by the Barrie Amateur Radio Club once each year (starting in January), contact the club (  if you are interested.


Simcoe County Hamfest

The Barrie Amateur Radio Club holds a hamfest on the first Saturday of May each year. It will be held on 5 May 2018 at the Grenfel Community Centre at 1989 Sunnidale Road. Vendor setup at 8am, opens to public at 8:30am. Rain or shine, covered venue.

See  for more info.

Thank you to everyone who supported our past hamfests.


New Club Mailing Address

Barrie Amateur Radio Club Inc., 19 Maplehurst Cr., Barrie ON, L4M 4X1    (note that this is a private residence for club mail only)

email the club at


ARES – Amateur Radio Emergency Service / Public Service Communications

There is a Public Service Communications / ARES meeting at Barrie Fire Hall #1 (intersection of Dunlop Street West and Eccles Street) at 7 PM on the first Tuesday of each month.  If you want to learn more about Public Service Communications and our group, please feel free to attend. Talk-in is on the VE3RAG club repeater.


WAX Group – for those who like to make

Our Wireless Amateur Experimenter Group (WAX Group) continues to meet weekly throughout the year at Ken VE3KDG’s workshop in downtown Barrie.  Contact the club for the address as it is a private residence.  Members are welcome to attend our weekly sessions on Thursdays at 7:00 PM. Talk-in is on the VE3RAG club repeater.


Club Event and Activities Calendar